Blues hammer woeful Brumbies

Flanker Jerome Kaino has completed a try-scoring double for the second round in row as the Blues stunned the Brumbies 40-15 in Auckland.

It was eventful night for the All Blacks loose forward, who produced an energetic all-round performance but was also sin-binned in the opening spell.

Wing Matt Duffie also scored a brace as the Blues belied their status as the bottom New Zealand team by dominating from the kick-off against the top Australian outfit.

The home side were out of play-off contention and their main motivation was to end the season with a positive record for the first time since 2011.

The victory took them to 7-6 with one draw.

For the Brumbies, the loss on Friday night snapped a four-match winning run and it could prove expensive in their neck-and-neck battle with the Waratahs to top the Australian conference.

The ACT franchise needed a victory to steer clear of a resurgent Tahs in the race to secure the country’s sole guaranteed playoffs berth.

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But the loss keeps them on 39 points and equal with the Tahs, who have an opportunity to leapfrog them into top spot against the Hurricanes at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

The Brumbies were on the wrong end of a fast start by the Blues, who showed razzle-dazzle in grabbing four tries in the opening quarter – two of them with Kaino in the bin.

Kaino got the Blues going, dotting down after first five-eighth Ihaia West found him with an accurate cross kick.

Skipper James Parsons got their second five-pointer, with the hooker finishing off a slick line-out move.

The Brumbies hit back with their big weapon, the line-out drive, which produced a penalty try and a yellow card for Kaino for pulling the maul down.

Despite being a man down, the Blues added tries to prop Sam Prattley and Duffie, which were both the result of expansive attacks.

Trailing by 21 points, the Brumbies were able to drag the contest back to an arm wrestle.

Another line-out maul resulted in a touchdown for second-five Matt Toomua, and yet another drive ended in a Christian Lealiifano penalty goal that closed the gap to 28-15 at halftime.

But the Blues moved further ahead through Kaino, ironically off a line-out drive.

They continued to do most of the attacking and Duffie got their sixth try with eight minutes to go.

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